Over the past year a growing number of readers have come to us to find out the best ways to elevate their careers, whether they are just starting out in their industries or have worked at their companies for some time.
The advice FINS offered in 2011 includes everything from better networking and interviewing to age-proofing your resume to avoiding the things that can get you fired.
As the U.S. job environment continues to undergo big changes, we will continue to provide the same kind of insight in 2012. Until then, here are our top ten career advice stories from 2011.
How to Negotiate the Salary You Deserve
Whether you're switching jobs or looking for employment in the first place, there are several steps you can take to ensure the best potential salary offer.
The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters
FINS spoke with career coaches, recruiters and recent graduates to find out what students can do to better prepare themselves for the current job market. Preparation is more than half the battle.
Top 10 Ways to Blow a Job Interview
FINS spoke with nine recruiters and job search experts to find the biggest mistakes candidates make in interviews.
Ten Things That Can Get You Fired
Most U.S. employers can fire their workers for any reason or, in some cases, no reason at all. Here are ten things you can do to avoid getting fired.
The Top Eight Rules of Networking
Networking is an integral part of any job search. In some cases, though, it can be the easiest thing to get wrong. Knowing a few guidelines -- like how to build relationships in person -- can help connect you to the well-connected.
What Not to Say in a Job Interview
Saying the wrong things during an interview can be just as harmful as showing up late and wearing inappropriate clothing. Very often the worst responses to interview questions come from lack of preparation and clear communication.
The 10 Worst Things to Put on Your Resume
FINS talked to career coaches and resume writers to find out the ten biggest gaffes that will guarantee that your resume never makes it past round one.
The 10 Worst Things to Put in Your Cover Letter
Writing the perfect cover letter is no simple task. Everything from grammatical errors to inappropriate jokes could land your application in the trash bin.
Age-Proofing Your Job Application
Landing a job has less to do with your age than it does with how you present yourself to a potential employer. Those who can show that they are up-to-date on industry trends and adept with new technologies will almost always have an advantage.
The Best Kept Job Interview Secret
Never overlook the interview with the company's receptionist…